US 20080302359 A1
This is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in a lung of an individual and particularly, this is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in individuals having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It generally includes fluidly connecting the lung to an extrapleural airway such as the trachea. In one variation, a conduit is deployed to place the lung and the trachea in fluid communication which allows trapped oxygen-reduced air to pass directly out of the lung and into the trachea. Removing nonfunctional air from the lung tends to improve the gaseous exchange of oxygen into the blood and decompress hyper-inflated lungs. Sealant and biocompatible adhesives may be provided on the exterior of the conduit to prevent side flow, leaks and to otherwise prevent air from entering spaces not intended to receive air such as the pleura space.
1. An intra-thoracic method for treating a lung and bypassing one or more natural airways within a lung comprising:
creating a first channel through a wall of said lung and creating a second channel through a wall of an extrapleural airway; and
fluidly connecting the first channel through the wall of said lung with said second channel through the wall of said extrapleural airway such that gas may pass directly out of the lung and into the extrapleural airway and wherein said extrapleural airway consists of an airway selected from the group consisting of the trachea and mainstem bronchus.
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creating a channel through an extrapleural airway wall and the pleural membrane such that air may pass directly from the lung into the extrapleural airway.
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This application is a continuation of prior U.S. application Ser. No. 10/615,491 filed Jul. 7, 2003 which claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/393,964 filed Jul. 5, 2002; both applications are incorporated herewith in their entirety.
This is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in a lung of an individual and more particularly, this is directed to improving the gaseous exchange in a lung of an individual having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In 1995, the American Lung Association (ALA) estimated that between 15-16 million Americans suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes diseases such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and some types of asthma. The ALA estimated that COPD was the fourth-ranking cause of death in the U.S. The ALA estimates that the rate of emphysema is 7.6 per thousand population, and the rate for chronic bronchitis is 55.7 per thousand population.
Those inflicted with COPD face disabilities due to the limited pulmonary functions. Usually, individuals afflicted by COPD also face loss in muscle strength and an inability to perform common daily activities. Often, those patients desiring treatment for COPD seek a physician at a point where the disease is advanced. Since the damage to the lungs is irreversible, there is little hope of recovery. Most times, the physician cannot reverse the effects of the disease but can only offer treatment and advice to halt the progression of the disease.
To understand the detrimental effects of COPD, the workings of the lungs requires a cursory discussion. The primary function of the lungs is to permit the exchange of two gasses by removing carbon dioxide from arterial blood and replacing it with oxygen. Thus, to facilitate this gaseous exchange, the lungs provide a blood gas interface. The oxygen and carbon dioxide move between the gas (air) and blood by diffusion. This diffusion is possible since the blood is delivered to one side of the blood-gas interface via small blood vessels (capillaries). The capillaries are wrapped around numerous air sacs called alveoli which function as the blood-gas interface. A typical human lung contains about 300 million alveoli.
The air is brought to the other side of this blood-gas interface by a natural respiratory airway, hereafter referred to as a natural airway or airway, consisting of branching tubes which become narrower, shorter, and more numerous as they penetrate deeper into the lung. As shown in
Breathing involves the lungs, the rib cage, the diaphragm and abdominal wall. During inspiration, inspiratory muscles contract increasing the volume of the chest cavity. As a result of the expansion of the chest cavity, the pleural pressure, the pressure within the chest cavity, becomes sub-atmospheric. Consequently, air flows into the lungs and the lungs expand. During unforced expiration, the inspiratory muscles relax and the lungs begin to recoil and reduce in size. The lungs recoil because they contain elastic fibers that allow for expansion, as the lungs inflate, and relaxation, as the lungs deflate, with each breath. This characteristic is called elastic recoil. The recoil of the lungs causes alveolar pressure to exceed atmospheric pressure causing air to flow out of the lungs and deflate the lungs. ‘If the lungs’ ability to recoil is damaged, the lungs cannot contract and reduce in size from their inflated state. As a result, the lungs cannot evacuate all of the inspired air.
In addition to elastic recoil, the lung's elastic fibers also assist in keeping small airways open during the exhalation cycle. This effect is also known as “tethering” of the airways. Such tethering is desirable since small airways do not contain cartilage that would otherwise provide structural rigidity for these airways. Without tethering, and in the absence of structural rigidity, the small airways collapse during exhalation and prevent air from exiting thereby trapping air within the lung.
Emphysema is characterized by irreversible biochemical destruction of the alveolar walls that contain the elastic fibers, called elastin, described above. The destruction of the alveolar walls results in a dual problem of reduction of elastic recoil and the loss of tethering of the airways. Unfortunately for the individual suffering from emphysema, these two problems combine to result in extreme hyperinflation (air trapping) of the lung and an inability of the person to exhale. In this situation, the individual will be debilitated since the lungs are unable to perform gas exchange at a satisfactory rate.
One further aspect of alveolar wall destruction is that the airflow between neighboring air sacs, known as collateral ventilation or collateral air flow, is markedly increased as when compared to a healthy lung. While alveolar wall destruction decreases resistance to collateral ventilation, the resulting increased collateral ventilation does not benefit the individual since air is still unable to flow into and out of the lungs. Hence, because this trapped air is rich in CO2, it is of little or no benefit to the individual.
Chronic bronchitis is characterized by excessive mucus production in the bronchial tree. Usually there is a general increase in bulk (hypertrophy) of the large bronchi and chronic inflammatory changes in the small airways. Excessive amounts of mucus are found in the airways and semisolid plugs of this mucus may occlude some small bronchi. Also, the small airways are usually narrowed and show inflammatory changes.
Currently, although there is no cure for COPD, treatment includes bronchodilator drugs, and lung reduction surgery. The bronchodilator drugs relax and widen the air passages thereby reducing the residual volume and increasing gas flow permitting more oxygen to enter the lungs. Yet, bronchodilator drugs are only effective for a short period of time and require repeated application. Moreover, the bronchodilator drugs are only effective in a certain percentage of the population of those diagnosed with COPD. In some cases, patients suffering from COPD are given supplemental oxygen to assist in breathing. Unfortunately, aside from the impracticalities of needing to maintain and transport a source of oxygen for everyday activities, the oxygen is only partially functional and does not eliminate the effects of the COPD. Moreover, patients requiring a supplemental source of oxygen are usually never able to return to functioning without the oxygen.
Lung volume reduction surgery is a procedure which removes portions of the lung that are over-inflated. The improvement to the patient occurs as a portion of the lung that remains has relatively better elastic recoil which allows for reduced airway obstruction. The reduced lung volume also improves the efficiency of the respiratory muscles. However, lung reduction surgery is an extremely traumatic procedure which involves opening the chest and thoracic cavity to remove a portion of the lung. As such, the procedure involves an extended recovery period. Hence, the long term benefits of this surgery are still being evaluated. In any case, it is thought that lung reduction surgery is sought in those cases of emphysema where only a portion of the lung is emphysematous as opposed to the case where the entire lung is emphysematous. In cases where the lung is only partially emphysematous, removal of a portion of emphysematous lung which was compressing healthier portions of the lung allows the healthier portions to expand, increasing the overall efficiency of the lung. If the entire lung is emphysematous, however, removal of a portion of the lung removes gas exchanging alveolar surfaces, reducing the overall efficiency of the lung. Lung volume reduction surgery is thus not a practical solution for treatment of emphysema where the entire lung is diseased.
Both bronchodilator drugs and lung reduction surgery fail to capitalize on the increased collateral ventilation taking place in the diseased lung. There remains a need for a medical procedure that can alleviate some of the problems caused by COPD. There is also a need for a medical procedure that alleviates some of the problems caused by COPD irrespective of whether a portion of the lung, or the entire lung is emphysematous. The production and maintenance of collateral openings through an airway wall allows air to pass directly out of the lung tissue responsible for gas exchange. These collateral openings serve to decompress hyper-inflated lungs and/or facilitate an exchange of oxygen into the blood.
Methods and devices for creating, and maintaining collateral channels are discussed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/633,651, filed on Aug. 7, 2000; U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 09/947,144, 09/946,706, and 09/947,126 all filed on Sep. 4, 2001; U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/317,338 filed on Sep. 4, 2001; U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/334,642 filed on Nov. 29, 2001; U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/367,436 filed on Mar. 20, 2002; and U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/374,022 filed on Apr. 19, 2002; and U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/387,163, filed Jun. 7, 2002 each of which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
Notwithstanding the above, a technique for improving the gaseous exchange in a lung as described herein is still desirable.
The devices and methods described herein serve to improve the gaseous exchange in the lungs. In one variation of the present invention, an extrapleural or extraparenchymal airway such as the trachea is fluidly connected to the lung with a conduit. The conduit includes a first end portion, a second end portion and a passageway extending between the end portions. The end portions are adapted to secure the conduit to the tissue structures such that the extrapleural airway is in direct fluid communication with the lung.
In one variation a method for improving gas exchange in the lung comprises creating a channel in each of the extrapleural airway wall and the lung or pleural wall prior to the step of fluidly connecting the trachea to the lung. The surgically created channels or openings may be created with an instrument that emits energy such as radio frequency energy. Once the channel(s) are created in the tissue walls, a conduit may be deployed to provide a passageway for trapped air to flow directly from the lung and into the trachea.
The method may also comprise the step of fixing the extrapleural airway wall to the pleural membrane of the lung prior to creating the channel therethrough. The step of fixing may be performed by deploying an adhesive between the wall and membrane. Also, the step of fixing may be performed by deploying a tissue fastener. The tissue fastener may comprise a body which extends through the wall and the membrane. The tissue fastener has two end portions which are adapted to hold the wall and the membrane together.
In another variation, the conduit includes a center section and deflectable extension members wherein the opposing extension members may be deflected to sandwich tissue therebetween. Other variations include conduits having various shapes and coatings. In one variation, the conduit includes an extended center section having a length of upwards of 5 mm.
The inventive method may also include the step of delivering a sealant with the conduit. The sealant may be disposed on the exterior of the conduit. The sealant may also be delivered separate from the conduit. The sealant serves to secure the conduit in place, hold the tissues together, prevent side flow around the conduit, and perhaps affect the wound healing response of the tissue to decrease the likelihood that the conduit will be ejected.
Other aspects of the invention will become apparent upon reading the following detailed description in combination with the corresponding figures and the appended claims.
Described herein are methods and devices for improving the gaseous exchange in a lung. More particularly, a method is described for improving the gaseous exchange in a lung of an individual having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The inventive method generally includes fluidly connecting the lung with an extrapleural airway such as the trachea using a conduit. Once the tissue structures are in fluid communication, gas may flow or pass directly from the parenchymal tissue of the lung to the extrapleural airway such as the trachea via the deployed conduit. By “pass directly” from the lung to the extrapleural airway it is meant that at least some volume of gas flows direct from the inner tissue of the lung to the extrapleural airway without passing through typical flow pathways such as the bronchioles, bronchus, etc. which may be constricted or otherwise flow-resistant. Also, by “extrapleural airway” it is meant any airway or portion of an airway that is outside of the pleura such as, for example, the trachea or mainstem bronchus. Furthermore, it is intended that in any embodiment described herein, the created path may pass through other tissues that are located between the extrapleural airway and pleura. Furthermore, the invention may include creating intra-lung airflow, e.g., between separate lobes of the lung while passing through the pleural surfaces of the lobes.
The conduit 52 shown in
The present invention may also include the step of fixing or stabilizing the extrapleural airway wall and the pleural membrane tissue layers at a selected or target region. Fixing these tissue layers together prior to creating the channel through the layers can lesson the likelihood that air will enter the pleural space. Indeed, the lung may collapse if air enters the pleural space.
The tissues may be fixed using various techniques. For example, an adhesive or tissue sealant may be injected into the tissue at the target location prior to creating the channels. Also, as shown in
Still other techniques may be employed to affix the parietal pleura to the visceral pleura such as heating, melting and coagulating devices. An electrode or heating element may be positioned at the target region and energy may be sent to the tissue layers causing the tissue layers to coagulate together. This fixing step may be performed 1 day or more in advance of creating the channels through the tissue layers.
Additionally, it is contemplated that during the procedures described herein the lung opposite the lung being treated may be isolated and ventilated such that the lung being treated is not used to carry out gaseous exchange during the procedure.
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In any event, when conduit 150 is positioned in such a channel, the enlarged end portions 152 hold the tissue walls together and tend to prevent side flow (or leakage) around the conduit. Additionally, the conduit may be selected such that it is slightly oversized relative to the channel in which it is placed. The exterior of the conduit will thus press against the edges of the tissue walls eliminating side spaces for air to enter.
Additionally, the conduits shown in
The conduits described herein may have various states (configurations or profiles) including but not limited to (1.) an undeployed state and (2.) a deployed state.
The undeployed state is the configuration of the conduit when it is not secured in an opening in an airway wall and, in particular, when its extension members (or fingers) are not outwardly deflected to engage the airway wall.
The deployed state is the configuration of the conduit when it is secured in a channel created in an airway wall and, in particular, when its extension members are outwardly bent to engage the airway wall such that the conduit is fixed in the opening. An example of a conduit in its deployed configuration is shown in
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The axial length of the center section or passageway may be relatively short. In
Indeed, when the conduit is used to place the lung and the trachea in fluid communication, and when the lung is not in contact with the trachea, the center section may have a length of 0.5-50 mm and perhaps 5-10 mm.
The overall length (L) of the conduit may be distinguished from the length of the center section because the overall length includes the lengths of the extension members. Further, the overall length (L) is dependent on which state the conduit is in. The overall length of the conduit will typically be shorter when it is in a deployed state as shown in
As mentioned above, extending from the ends of the center section 208 are extension members 202A, 202B which, when the conduit is deployed, form angles A1, A2 with a central axis of the passageway. When viewed from the side such as in
The angles A1, A2 may vary and may range from, for example, 30 to 150 degrees, 45 to 135 degrees and perhaps from 30 to 90 degrees. Opposing extension members may thus form angles A1 and A2 of greater than 90 degrees when the conduit is deployed in a channel. For example, angles A1 and A2 may range from 90 to 125 degrees when the conduit is deployed. The greater angles tend to sandwich the pleural tissue layers between the opposing extension members preventing gas from entering the pleural space. However, the conduits of the present invention are not so limited and the angles may be further increased or decreased.
Moreover, the angle A1 may be different than angle A2. Accordingly, the conduit may include proximal extension members which are parallel (or not parallel) to the distal extension members. Additionally, the angle corresponding to each proximal extension member may be different or identical to that of another proximal extension member. Likewise, the angle corresponding to each distal extension member may be different or identical to that of another distal extension member.
The extension members may have a length between 1 and 20 mm and perhaps, between 2 and 6 mm. Also, with reference to
The number of extension members on each end of the center section may also vary. The number of extension members on each end may range from 2-20 and perhaps, 3-10 or 6-10. Also, the number of proximal extension members may differ from the number of distal extension members for a particular conduit. Moreover, the extension members may be symmetrical or non-symmetrical about the center section. The proximal and distal extension members may also be arranged in an in-line pattern or an alternating pattern. The extension members may also have openings to permit tissue ingrowth for improved retention.
The shape of the extension members may also vary. They may be open-framed and somewhat petal-shaped as shown in
The conduit may be constructed to have a low profile delivery state. The delivery state is the configuration of the conduit when it is being delivered through an airway or a working channel of a bronchoscope, endoscope, or other delivery tool. The maximum outer diameter of the conduit in its delivery state must therefore be such that it may fit within the delivery tool, instrument, or airway.
In one variation, the conduit has a small diameter when in its delivery state and is radially expandable such that it may be radially expanded to a larger size upon deployment. For example, the conduit may be sized for insertion into a bronchoscope having a 2 mm or larger working channel. Upon deployment, the conduit may be expanded to an increased internal diameter (e.g., 3 mm.) However, the invention is not limited to such dimensions. It is contemplated that the conduits 200 may have center sections that are expanded into a larger profile from a reduced profile, or, the center sections may be restrained in a reduced profile, and upon release of the restraint, return to an expanded profile.
Additionally, the conduit need not have a smaller delivery state. In variations where the center section is not able to assume a second smaller delivery profile, a maximum diameter of the first or deployed profile will be sufficiently small such that the conduit may be placed and advanced within an airway or a working channel of a bronchoscope or endoscope. Also, in cases where the conduit is self-expanding, the deployed shape may be identical to the shape of the conduit when the conduit is at rest or when it is completely unrestrained.
The conduit 200 shown in
Typically, one end of the center-control segment is attached or joined to the center section at one location (e.g., a first rib) and the other end of the center-control segment is connected to the center section at a second location (e.g., a rib adjacent or opposite to the first rib). However, the center-control segments may have other constructs. For example, the center-control segments may connect adjacent or non-adjacent center section members. Further, each center-control segment may connect one or more ribs together. The center-control segments may further be doubled up or reinforced with ancillary control segments to provide added control over the expansion of the center section. The ancillary control segments may be different or identical to the primary control segments.
The control segments, as with other components of the conduit, may be added or mounted to the center section or alternatively, they may be integral with the center section. That is, the control segments may be part of the conduit rather than separately joined to the conduit with adhesives or welding, for example. The control segments may also be mounted exteriorly or interiorly to the members to be linked.
Additionally, sections of the conduit may be removed to allow areas of the conduit to deform more readily. These weakened areas provide another approach to control the final shape of the deployed conduit. Details for creating and utilizing weakened sections to control the final shape of the deployed conduit may be found in U.S. Pat. No. 09/947,144 filed on Sep. 4, 2001.
The conduit described herein may be manufactured by a variety of manufacturing processes including but not limited to laser cutting, chemical etching, punching, stamping, etc. For example, the conduit may be formed from a tube that is slit to form extension members and a center section between the members. One variation of the conduit may be constructed from a metal tube, such as stainless steel, 316L stainless steel, titanium, titanium alloy, nitinol, MP35N (a nickel-cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy), etc. Also, the conduit may be formed from a rigid or elastomeric material that is formable into the configurations described herein. Also, the conduit may be formed from a cylinder with the passageway being formed through the conduit. The conduit may also be formed from a sheet of material in which a specific pattern is cut. The cut sheet may then be rolled and formed into a tube. The materials used for the conduit can be those described above.
Additionally, the conduits described herein may be comprised of a shape memory alloy, a super-elastic alloy (e.g., a NiTi alloy), a shape memory polymer, a polymeric material, an implantable material, a material with rigid properties, a material with elastomeric properties, or a combination thereof. The conduit may be constructed to have a natural self-assuming deployed configuration, but is restrained in a pre-deployed configuration. As such, removal of the restraints causes the conduit to assume the deployed configuration. A conduit of this type could be, but is not limited to being, comprised from a shape memory alloy. It is also contemplated that the conduit could comprise a shape memory alloy such that, upon reaching a particular temperature (e.g., 98.5° F.), it assumes a deployed configuration.
Also, the conduit described herein may be formed of a plastically deformable material such that the conduit is expanded and plastically deforms into a deployed configuration. The conduit may be expanded into its expanded state by a variety of devices such as, for example, a balloon catheter.
The tissue barrier may be formed from a material, or coating that is a polymer or an elastomer such as, for example, silicone, polyurethane, PET, PTFE, or expanded PTFE. Moreover, other biocompatible materials will work, such as a thin foil of metal, etc. The coatings may be applied, for example, by either dip coating, molding, spin-coating, transfer molding or liquid injection molding. Or, the tissue barrier may be a tube of a material and the tube is placed either over and/or within the conduit. The tissue barrier may then be bonded, crimped, heated, melted, shrink fitted to the conduit. The tissue barrier may also be tied to the conduit with a filament of, for example, a suture material. The tissue barrier may also be placed on the conduit by either solvent swelling applications or by an extrusion process. Also, a tissue barrier may be applied by either wrapping a sheet of material about the conduit, or by placing a tube of the material about the conduit and securing the tube to the conduit. Likewise, a tissue barrier may be secured on the interior of the conduit by positioning a sheet or tube of material on the inside of the center section and securing the material therein.
Additionally, the tissue barrier 330 covers only a proximal region 350 of the extension members and leaves a distal region 340 of the extension members uncovered. The distal region 340 of the extension members 320 is shown as being open-framed. However, the invention is not so limited. The distal region of the extension members may be solid and it may include indentations, grooves, and recesses for tissue ingrowth. Also, the extension members may include small holes for tissue ingrowth. For example, the distal region of the extension members may have a dense array of small holes. In any event, the conduits described herein may include at least one region or surface which is susceptible to tissue ingrowth or is otherwise adherent to the tissue. Accordingly, tissue ingrowth at the distal region 340 of the extension members is facilitated while tissue growth into the passageway 325 is thwarted.
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The visualization ring or mark may be a biocompatible polymer and have a color such as white. Also, the visualization feature may protrude from the center section or it may be an indentation(s). The visualization mark may also be a ring, groove or any other physical feature on the conduit. Moreover, the visualization feature may be continuous or comprise discrete segments (e.g., dots or line segments).
The visualization feature may be made using a number of techniques. In one example, the mark is a ring formed of silicone and is white. The polymeric ring may be spun onto the tissue barrier. For example, a clear silicone barrier may be coated onto the conduit such that it coaxially covers the extension members and the center section as shown in
The shape of the visualization mark is not limited to a thin ring. The visualization mark may be large, for example, and cover an entire half of the conduit as shown in
Multiple visualization marks or features may be incorporated on the conduit. For example, an elongated conduit may have one proximal visualization ring and one distal visualization ring to identify the proximal and distal end portions of the conduit during a surgical procedure.
The visualization member is made visually apparent for use with, for example, an endoscope. The visualization feature, however, may also be made of other vision-enhancing materials such as radio-opaque metals used in x-ray detection. It is also contemplated that other elements of the conduit can include visualization features such as but not limited to the extension members, tissue barrier, control segments, etc.
The conduits may also include a one-way valve. The valve may be positioned such that it permits expiration of gas from lung tissue but prevents gas from entering the tissue. The valve may be placed anywhere within the passageway of the conduit. The valve may also be used as bacterial in-flow protection for the lungs. The valve may also be used in conjunction with a tissue barrier and the tissue barrier may be disposed coaxially about the conduit. Various types of one way valves may be used as is known to those of skill in the art.
The conduits described herein may also include modified surfaces that prevent the channel from closing by reducing tissue growth into the passageway. The modified surfaces may prevent the conduit from being ejected from the channel as the wound heals. The surfaces of the conduit may be modified, for example, by depositing a bioactive substance or medicine onto the exterior surface of the conduit.
The bioactive substances are intended to interact with the tissue of the surgically created channels. These substances may interact with the tissue in a number of ways. They may, for example, accelerate wound healing such that the tissue grows around the exterior surface of the conduit and then stops growing; encourage growth of the epithelial or endothelial cells; inhibit wound healing such that the injury site (e.g., the channel or opening) does not heal leaving the injury site open; and/or inhibit infection (e.g., reduce bacteria) such that excessive wound healing does not occur which may lead to excessive tissue growth at the channel thereby blocking the passageway. However, the foregoing statements are not intended to limit the present invention and there may be other explanations why certain bioactive substances have various therapeutic uses in the lung tissue. Again, the bioactive substances are intended to prevent the implant from being ejected as well as prevent the lung tissue from filling or otherwise blocking the passageway of the conduit.
A variety of bioactive substances may be used with the devices described herein. Examples of bioactive substances include, but are not limited to, pyrolitic carbon, titanium-nitride-oxide, paclitaxel, fibrinogen, collagen, thrombin, phosphorylcholine, heparin, rapamycin, radioactive 188Re and 32P, silver nitrate, dactinomycin, sirolimus, cell adhesion peptide. Again, other substances may be used with the conduits such as those substances which affect the wound healing response (or rate) of injured lung tissue.
A cross section of a conduit 300 having a modified surface is shown in
The bioactive layer may also serve as the visualization coating or tissue barrier in some instances. For example, silicone and one or more bioactive substances may be mixed together and disposed on the conduit as a single coating. The single integral layer may serve both to physically and chemically prevent tissue from filling the conduit's passageway. It may also be visually apparent during a procedure.
The bioactive substances may be deposited on the exterior surface of the conduit evenly or in discrete (intermittent) amounts. The thickness of the coatings may be uniform or the thickness may vary across certain regions of the conduit. This may provide higher therapeutic doses corresponding to certain regions of the injury site. For example, it may be desirable to provide a higher concentration of a bioactive substance near the ends of the conduit rather than in the center section.
The bioactive coatings may be selectively applied by spraying the bioactive substance onto uncovered regions of the conduit. For example, the bioactive substances may be disposed on at least a portion of the tissue barrier or the open-frame (or mesh) structure itself. The substances may also be applied by dipping, painting, printing, and any other method for depositing a substance onto the conduit surface. Additionally, binding materials may be applied to the exterior surface of the conduit upon which the bioactive agents may be deposited. Cross-linked polymers and or biodegradable polymers such as, for example, chondroitin sulfate, collagen and gelatin may be applied to the exterior surface of the conduit prior to depositing the bioactive substances. Additionally, the exterior surface of the conduit may be treated via etching processes or with electrical charge to encourage binding of the bioactive substances to the conduit.
Again, the bioactive substances herein described are deposited on the exterior of the conduits to, amongst other things, prevent ejection of the conduit from the injury site. The bioactive substances also serve to reduce or impede tissue growth into the conduit's passageway. In this manner, the conduits maintain the patency of channels surgically created in intrapleural and extrapleural airways allowing air to pass therethrough.
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Additionally, it is contemplated that during the procedures described herein the lung opposite the lung being treated may be isolated and ventilated so that the lung being treated does not carry out gaseous exchange during the procedure. Also, as described above, the tissue layers may be fixed together at the target location prior to creating the channel through the tissue layers. Fixing the tissue layers together prior to creating the channel may reduce the chances that any air may enter the pleural space between the pleural membrane layers.
As stated above, this method and device may also include use of an adhesive or bioactive material disposed around the conduit to prevent air from leaking around the conduit's passageway. Adhesives, bioactive materials and other substances may be applied to the channel before or after delivery of the conduit. The substance may be applied or deposited using, for example, a delivery catheter having at least one lumen. The delivery catheter may be manipulated to the site through access device 940 or by another means as is known to those of ordinary skill in the art. Once the catheter is positioned the adhesives may be ejected to the target site to coat the interior wall of the channel.
It is noted that a variation of the inventive method includes using a guide-wire to create the channel through the tissue walls and leaving the guide-wire to extend through the channel. Accordingly, a conduit may be advanced over the guide-wire into the collateral channel.
It is also to be understood that though the above procedure describes deploying the conduit from the trachea to the lung, the invention also includes deploying the conduit in a different direction or manner. That is, the conduit may be deployed from the parenchymal tissue of the lung to the trachea. In the case that the conduit is deployed from the parenchyma to the trachea, the access device must be manipulated deep into the lung until a target site is selected. The procedure may then be carried out similarly to that described above except that the initial target site is the lung wall. Consequently, the hole-making device must penetrate the lung wall prior to penetrating the trachea wall. In either case, however, the trachea may be placed in fluid communication with the lung via the deployed conduit.
It should be noted that deployment of conduits is not limited to that shown above, instead, other techniques may be used to deploy the conduit. For example, spring-loaded or shape memory features may be actuated by mechanical or thermal release and unlocking methods. Additionally, mechanical wedges, lever-type devices, scissors-jack devices, open chest surgical placement and other techniques may be used to deploy the conduit. The conduits may be comprised of an elastic or super-elastic material which is restrained in a reduced profile for deployment and expands to its deployed state upon mechanical actuator or release.
The intrapleural device 200A is deployed in a channel surgically created in an airway within the lung. The conduit 200A maintains the channel's patency allowing trapped nonfunctional air to pass directly into the airway 100. This improves gas exchange as the air does not have to pass constrictions 108. The intrapleural conduit may be configured identical to the transpleural conduit described above or in some cases, the intrapleural devices may have a shorter center section length. Also, as shown in
To reiterate, one or more conduits may be deployed within the lung to allow nonfunctional air trapped in the parenchyma (and other portions of the lung) to pass directly into a larger airway via one or more intrapleural devices such as conduits 200A. Additionally, one or more transpleural devices such as conduits 200B, 200C, 200D may be deployed in combination with the intrapleural devices to allow air to pass directly from the lung to an extrapleural airway such as the trachea. In this manner, gaseous exchange in the lung is improved as carbon dioxide rich gas is transported out of the lung allowing healthier lung regions to expand.
Although the foregoing invention has been described in some detail by way of illustration and example for purposes of clarity of understanding, it will be readily apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art in light of the teachings of this invention that certain changes and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit or scope of the appended claims. It is also contemplated that combinations of the above described embodiments/variations or combinations of the specific aspects of the above described embodiments/variations are within the scope of this disclosure.